County Commissioners to consider agreement with Sanderson Farms


Smith County and the Tyler Economic Development Council could approve an agreement to help Sanderson Farms build its facilities.

On Tuesday, the Smith County Commissioners Court will consider approving a memorandum of understanding between the two governmental entities and the private company to install a sewer line on Farm-to-Market Road 16, which is a state-owned roadway, according to the court's agenda.

The measure is slated to be discussed in closed session before bringing it up for a vote in open court.

The discussion will happen at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Smith County Courthouse Annex Building, 200 E. Ferguson St. It is open to the public.

Sanderson Farms Inc. plans to open a new feed mill, hatchery and processing plant that will employ about 1,700 people and be capable of processing 1.25 million birds per week. The entities have approved a tax abatement package for the company as well as applied for grant funds to help with infrastructure costs.

In other business:

- Staff will give the court an update regarding Hurricane Harvey response and support operations in Smith County. 

- An insurance settlement for a 2015 Tahoe in the Smith County Sheriff's Office will be considered.

- Commissioners will consider accepting the Texas Department of Transportation's Safety E-Grant for the 2018 Fiscal Year. The funds total $18,839, with a required local match of $3,852 from the county.

- Three people will be considered for reappointment to the Smith County Tax Abatement Committee - Brad Curtis, Sarah Van Cleef and Walter Wilhelmi.

- Bids for struck-off properties will be considered for approval and sale.

- The contract with Odam Roth Construction & House Remodeling, LLC will be rescinded, and the county will likely award the contract to Tillman Construction, LLC.

- A contract for legal services for Smith County mental health patients for the 2018 fiscal year will be considered.

The Tyler Morning Telegraph will attend the meeting. For updates as they happen, follow @TMTFaith on Twitter.


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Faith Harper is an East Texas native working for her hometown newspaper. She specializes in digital content for the Tyler Morning Telegraph. In her spare time, she loves tacos, road trips and is currently learning to sail.

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